About Peter Prange
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Literary translator (from all the languages I don´t know), business consultant (offering advice on experiences I´ve never had made myself), personal coach (preaching wine, drinking water).
Q. Favorite job
A. Being an absolute beginner.
Q. High school and/or college
A. High School: My hometown Altena / Sauerland (an area where the saying goes: “Where manure heaps are steaming, no palm trees are dreaming.”); College: Tübingen, my place of residence (centre of seclusion from the world and at the same time the city with more professors and writers per square meter than any other place in Germany).
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Classical: Mozart; Pop: Robbie Williams; Jazz: Miles Davis
Q. Favorite movie
A. Crime: The Godfather; Love: Gone with the Wind; Comedy: As Good As it Gets; Drama: Casablanca; Tragedy: Schindler´s List; History: The Name of the Rose
Q. Favorite television show
A. History: The Tudors; Comedy: Sex and the City; Psycho: In Treatment
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. A steady stream of undeserved strokes of luck …
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. “It is art, if you are not able, because if you are able, it is no longer art.” Johann Nestroy
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. This is a question I refuse to answer – the gods are always listening. Besides that, an honest answer might be rather indecent.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. That life could get boring.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Within my body.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Bruce Almighty. Each author is this kind of a failing god.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev. Because he gave a new chance to the whole world.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. “Yes, but …”
Q. What do you regret most?
A. To be born as a virgo. A complicated zodiac that creates complicated characters.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Patience. But right now, please!
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. To do what I do: writing books.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Lack of patience.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. My wife.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. The ball in the soccer world championship final of 1966, England vs. Germany. So that I could tell the whole world that it was NO goal against Germany.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I´m too modest to tell.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Laurence Sterne´s Tristram Shandy.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Goethe´s Mephisto.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. John Lennon: Play it again (“Imagine”).
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Bad jokes.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Horse riding – whenever my back allows me to.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Being a musician.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Whit (for men), charm (for women), reliability (for both of them).
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. The Holy Spirit, Johann Wolfgang von Goeth, Thomas Mann, Gustave Flaubert, Thomas Wolfe, Guy de Maupassant, Nick Hornby.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. The Holy Bible, Goethe´s Faust, Thomas Mann´s Buddenbrooks, Tom Wolfe´s Bonfire of the Vanities, Guy de Maupassant´s Bel-Ami
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. See all above, but also Cervantes´ Don Quijote, Jonathan Franzen´s Corrections, Flaubert´s Madame Bovary, Laurence Sterne´s Tristram Shandy, Nick Hornby´s A Long Way Down and lots of others…
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Only write stories that you would like to read yourself.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. It’s incredible how you can read into a woman´s soul. (Which is not that difficult considering that I also have to read in a thief´s, a murder´s or even in a banker´s soul.)